Special Topics and Course Descriptions

Fall 2019


EN 260 Popular Culture:  True Crime - MW 3pm – 4:40pm
Instructor: Sandy Burr
Prerequisite: EN 111 with a grade of "C" or better, HON 101, or EN 109 with a grade of "B" or better.

True Crime is one of today’s hottest nonfiction literary and film genres.  From films, TV, and podcasts to biographies, exposés, and graphic novels, Americans can’t get enough of reading, watching, listening to, and talking about murder, mayhem, and all things twisted.  Why are we so fascinated with crime?  How does our fascination with it shift as we experience it in different media forms?  How do forensic science and psychology help us make sense of humanity’s dark sides?  How do we understand major crime and pay attention to the feelings of victims and their families, friends, and communities?

Join us in Fall 2019 to explore these questions and more!  Prospective material includes documentaries such as Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017), Derf Backderf’s graphic novel My Friend Dahmer (2012), Dave Cullen’s Columbine (2009), Deborah Blum’s The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York (2011), and True Crime podcasts.  Guest experts on criminal justice, psychology, forensics, and other relevant topics will be invited to share their knowledge and perspectives with the class.  Hope to see you there!



EN 317: Native American Drama, Short Stories, and Nonfiction - TR 11am-12:40pm
Instructor: Amy Hamilton
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This course examines nonfiction, short stories, and drama written by contemporary Indigenous American authors. We will approach these texts through careful close reading as well as through historical, social, and cultural contexts. What elements can we trace through the different genres? In what ways do these genres allow authors to explore particular themes and meanings in different ways? How do the particular historical and cultural contexts surrounding a text impact how we understand the text? This course will challenge you to read carefully, think critically, and write persuasively about some truly wonderful texts. 


Instructor: Russ Prather


The “long” eighteenth century in Britain and France was an age of reason and optimism, scientific advancement, imperialist ambition, and satiric wit. It also saw radical, sometimes violent, upheavals in politics and culture, including the industrial revolution, the American and French Revolutions and, toward the end of the century, a “Romantic” revolution. Authors of the age include: - Aphra Behn (Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave) - Isaac Newton (Opticks) - Daniel Defoe (Robinson Crusoe) - Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels) - Alexander Pope (The Rape of the Lock) - Eliza Haywood (Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze) - Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Confessions) - British Romantic poets including William Blake, Anna Letitia Barbauld, Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge > This course will include works of visual art that complement assigned literature. <



EN 350 Methods and Materials in Teaching English Education (4 cr.) - MW 6pm - 7:40pm
Secondary Education Majors and Minors

Instructor: Kia Richmond
This course is only offered in the fall term each year; therefore, if you are planning to student teach in Winter 2020 or Fall 2020, you must take this course in the Fall 2019 term. 
In order to register for this course, please complete the following and send to Dr. Kia Jane Richmond: 



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Have you been accepted to methods

YES or NO?

Have you already taken any of these courses? 

(for informational purposes only)

EN 304?  

EN 309?

EN 345?  

ED 319?

ED 201/301?

ED 231?

Methods in your major or minor (e.g., HS 350)?  

When are you planning to student teach?

WINTER 2020 or FALL 2020?

If you have a choice in where you are placed for student teaching, how would you rank the following options? (1 is first choice, 2 is second choice, etc.)

_____Marquette County

_____Another county in the U.P. (which one?)

_____Downstate Michigan

_____Eastern Wisconsin (e.g., Green Bay area)

_____Another State (which one?)

_____Overseas (which country?)


(Note: Although a prospective student teacher may express a preference, the final decision for student teaching as to geographical area, school system and teacher is made by the Director of Field Experiences in cooperation with area schools. Please review NMU's policies related to student teaching here:https://www.nmu.edu/education/part-ii-student-teaching#stpolicies.


If you have any questions, please note them below:


Submit this to krichmon@nmu.edu



EN 420: Shakespeare's Unruly Women​​​​​​​ - MW 11am-12:40pm
Instructor: David Wood

Welcome to the witty, passionate, and dangerous world of William Shakespeare. This course is designed to give you a thorough overview of his dramatic output, and will stress the tension between the ways in which his plays can be read historically, in their time and place, and “for all time,” as fellow playwright Ben Jonson famously noted. We will pay close attention to the various concepts of human identity that Shakespeare inherited, as a man living in that most politically, theologically, and economically volatile of periods, the Renaissance, and the ways in which his plays draw on these concepts in order to transform representations of human identity anew. In addition, we will discuss the ways that his characters meet their shifting circumstances with close attention to how power— frequently manifested as issues involving race, class, gender, and ability— circumscribes both their behaviors and their emotions. Shakespeare’s exploration of the uneasy category of the feminine, for example, led him to create a broad range of remarkable characters: from the arch viragoes, Katherine (the Taming of the Shrew), Tamora, Queen of the Goths (Titus Andronicus), and Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) to the fanciful unruliness and immense wit of Portia (The Merchant of Venice), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), and Viola (Twelfth Night); from the hyper-sexual diva that is Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra) to the surprisingly saucy Miranda (The Tempest): this class has it all. Participants in this course should be prepared, therefore, for some challenging, but altogether fascinating, reading. The course relies on your completion of a considerable amount of reading, numerous writing assignments (both in- and out-of-class), the attentive viewing and spirited discussion of film segments, a small-group presentation, two short papers, and the completion of a long paper. What you can expect to gain in this course will be a familiarity with the work of the finest writer in the English language (or at least the one who casts the longest shadow worldwide) in a variety of his chosen dramatic genres. Having signed up for this course, please note that you will be expected to engage the texts we encounter in a spirit of honest inquiry and to show up for class both prepared and on time.